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Football's lawmakers propose 30-minute halves

Football's lawmakers propose 30-minute halves

Playing two halves each of 30 minutes' actual playing time would be a "radical change" to the Laws of Football, the FIFA-supported International Football Association Board acknowledged.

Football's law-making body has announced that they will discuss a number of potential rule changes including 30-minute halves and penalty goals.

Some of the age old rules of football could soon be scrapped by law makers who are proposing some radical changes to the way the lovely game is played.

Ifab says the Fair Play! has three aims - to improve player behaviour and increase respect, to increase playing time and to increase fairness and attractiveness.

"The strategy proposes measures to reduce time-wasting and "speed up" the game".

Other talking points in "Fair Play!" to make games faster and fairer include: Letting players pass to themselves from a free kick or corner.

IFAB said some of the proposals could be implemented immediate while others are "ready for testing" and some are "for discussion".

Another proposal would see players not being allowed to follow up and score if a penalty is saved.

There is a lot of discussion that would need to happen before such changes would be adopted by Federation Internationale de Football Association and be used in official matches, but IFAB admits they are considering the new rules to make soccer more entertaining.

IFAB suggests match officials should be stricter on time-keeping, stopping their watch from a penalty being awarded to the spot-kick being taken, from a goal being scored until the match resumes from the kick-off, and from the signal of a substitution to play restarting.

On Saturday, there were just 47 minutes of actual playing time in Russia's 2-0 win over New Zealand to open the Confederations Cup, according to Federation Internationale de Football Association.

And it doesn't stop there either, goalkeepers will have to be careful because in these new proposals, a penalty goal could be given, even if the goalkeeper handles a backpass.

Instead of teams taking alternate penalties, the new system involves team A taking the first kick, then team B taking two, then team A taking two.

Former Premier League referee David Elleray, who is now the technical director of the IFAB, helped plan the proposals.

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